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Brewed by HaandBryggeriet (Norway)
Style: Smoked
Drammen, Norway

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RATINGS: 298   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Røyk Uten Ild (Smoke Without Fire) is our smoky beer, here we have tried to make a beer as smoky as we can using our smoked malt from Weiermann. We have made a fairly dark and flavourful beer. Apart from the special malt the rest of the malt bill (86%) is smoked malt. You could also say that this is a smoked wheat beer, because we have used our wheat beer yeast here. The beer is not scary but actually very nice even for those that aren’t smoke beer fanatics....try it and you will see. Contains malted barley, Amarillo hops, wheat beer yeast, and lots of smoked malt from Bamberg, Germany. 8% alc, 33 ibu, 48 ebc. Serving temp 8 - 12C or 46 - 53F.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
csbosox (1216) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 4, 2011
Smoked malt aroma, not much else. Very pleasant. Moderate smoke, some citrus and fruitiness and a nice malt backing. Soft mouthfeel. Tasty stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (12608) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 1, 2011
Bottle, at Håndverkerstuene. It’s a very dark brown beer, a nice, dense, beige head sits on top. Its aroma is smoked and meaty, bacon like and woody, with some roasted notes and a hint of sourness. Slightly sourish flavor with some licorice and a little smoke, not as smoked as the aroma. Roasted malts and some sweetness too, finishing sweet and roasted. Full body. A quite lovely smoked beer, but I would like it a bit more pronounced, especially the smoke flavor. 100820

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gyllenbock (4083) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2010
Bottle. Dark brown with a small, slightly tan head. Mild aroma and taste of smoke, malt, wood, ham and spices. Medium mouth feel. Not spectacular but good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2010
Tasting @ De Molen Warehouse. Black colored brew. Smoky aroma. Flavor has smoke, sweetness, roast and licorice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (4684) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2010
16.9 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark amber body with a one finger fizzy beige head that left a good deal of lacing. The nose was moderately smoky at first, but the more it warmed the more the smoke came to the fore. There’s a really nice authentic "campfire" like quality to the smoke character that I really crave from Smoked beers that this exhibits. Some nice sweet maltiness, and a touch of hops. The flavor is nicely smoky, intense enough to please even this Smokehead. It almost has the intensity of a Schlenkerla, but also has a fairly aggressive hoppiness that truely makes it unique. Medium bodied and very drinkable (so long as you like Rauchbiers) with moderate soft fizzy carbonation. The slightly high ABV is rather well hidded. I liked this one alot, one of the best Smoked beers outside of the Schlenkerla line-up.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2010
500 ml bottle, batch #273, one of 1080 bottles for this batch. The pour yields a dark, slightly transparent chestnut brown to mahogany body. A small but well-packed head of smooth khaki foam slowly pushes out towards a thick, pronounced edge with just a swirly center film. A few tall, diagonal flares of lace mark the glass. Aromas are clearly driven by the smoked Bamberg malt, suggesting strongly of beechwood over mildly sweet sassafras, rye bread dough, and well-attenuated brown sugar. Distant wisps of salty pork cracklins are soothed by notes of root beer, dry cocoa, and vanilla, as mild green hops add just a touch of earthen aromatics. Flavors largely follow suit, showing notes of creamed wheat, rye dough, and toasted caramel, with a bold beechwood smoke overtone and spicy-sweet sassafras and molasses. Green, almost grassy hops are stronger than the nose lets on, lending a welcomed balancing bitterness to the back end. Baking cocoa adds a bittersweet component as well. The palate sports a moderate body that drinks fairly easily, peppered with deceptively and increasingly lively, yet fine carbonation. The active effervescence intensifies towards the finish, drying things out, leaving an almost papery, slightly oxidized feel. Overall, it is a fine rauchbier clone. Though it hails from Norway, few things (one obviously being ale yeast) set it apart from its fine Bavarian cousins.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (10778) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2010
Black with a lasting off-white head. Unique aroma of wood fire, with roasted malt, caramel and chocolate. Sweet malty and roasted flavour

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Bottle from West Lakeview. Pours a deep mahogany brown with a tannish head. Nose is subtle smoke notes, beechwood and campfire. Some sweet notes as well and bread. On taste, smokey but also a bit metallic. Some like phenol notes. Slight acid tang. Pretty interesting beer, much like a lighter Bamberger style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (2932) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Batch #273. Bottle. Pours brown with a beige/orange fizzy head. The aroma is smoky wood. Not too overpowering, and definitely no bacon in there. Behind that, there is some dark fruitiness and a bit of soap. The flavor is smoky and malty with a fair bit of brown sugar sweetness. It manages to still feel rather light considering the high alcohol content. Chocolate malts shine through in the finish, providing a nice interplay with the smoke.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (4475) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2010
A dark brown pour that allows only a bit of red highlights to show through. A fluffy tan head that has excellent retention. The aroma is a bit difficult to determine but is faint smoke, hops, and some figs. Throw in some chocolate and you have the flavor profile. That smoke is soggy and just the perfect amount. The hops are subtle, have peppermint aromatics, and make this a much more interesting beer. A decadent feel. Very well done.


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